The International Rescue Committee delivers programmes in some of the most difficult and challenging environments in the world. In addition to our work providing direct support to people affected by conflict and crisis, we also raise awareness of forgotten or neglected crises, and press international governments to take action to help and protect refugees, displaced people and other victims of conflict.
IRC advocacy is fuelled by an understanding of countries and contexts that is derived from our direct work on a daily basis with people affected by war and violence. It is rooted in a tradition of speaking out on behalf of the oppressed and forgotten. Using our detailed up-to-date knowledge from more than 40 countries around the world, IRC-UK aims to influence the policies of UK, EU and UN institutions to address the underlying causes of this suffering and improve the living conditions of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
To achieve this, our experts and advocates meet with government ministers, civil servants and opinion formers; convene high-level policy events; commission cutting-edge research papers; produce best practice; and engage the UK public in campaigns in order to change things for the better for the communities we work with. We advocate in order to carry the voices of the communities we work with to the ears of those with influence.
In the UK, our priority countries for advocacy are:
As well as advocating for positive change for the people we work with in these countries, we also work to change policies and practices on wider that affect the communities we work with: